7674 Tasting Notes

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drank Cherry Snowcone by DAVIDsTEA
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Finished off the last of this one today – sad to see it go but i know there will be plenty of herbals in the future to tempt me. Thanks again to keychange and variatea for letting me have more of this from your stashes :)

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drank Jin Jun Mei (2015) by Verdant Tea
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so apparently this works really well in a travel mug for work as well, so YAY for that! picked this one today because i needed a good solid tea to get my through the day – something warm and comforting as i’m fighting sick but needed to last today because it was date night today! The abominable bride in theatres because ian is awesome and bought tickets early so we wouldn’t miss out. this was a fantastic malty, delicious start to my day.

OMGsrsly

Abominable Bride just makes me think of the Abominable Snowman from the Rudolph movie, with a bouquet (of rocks?) and a veil.

Marzipan

The Sherlock episode? Why not watch it on TV?

Sil

1) we don’t have cable and 2) the episodes are like mini movies so it was fun to see it in theatres. :)

Liquid Proust

It was kind of odd… however, I did watch it as if it was the new season which I found out was wrong.

Marzipan

We don’t have cable either, we pulled it off of BBC.

Cavocorax

Aaaahh. I’m so jealous you got to see it in theatre! I dl’d it but that’s totally not as good as seeing them blown up on a big screen, while you nom on amazing popcorn. :D

(I’m just picturing how good they would have looked…. :P Sorry. Totes distracted now)

Sil

it was a god date night. happy we did it, esp as i missed out on the anniversary dr who stuff in theatres. Plus extra special bonus stuff for theatre only.

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Busy day today. Rental dog went home to his family. They are going to try and come together as a team to actually get him trained. So with any luck what we started will hold. Sad to see him go but also SUPER happy to have our house back so we can clean and get organised.

I also spent the better part of today getting tea packages ready for friends – something i have put off for too long. Also got everything prepped to be able to weigh my cupboard and land on a sipdown goal for 2016.

omgsrsly asked me to pick this one up for her when i was in chicago last since the store will let you get 50g instead of the forced 100g online. I haven’t tried this one yet so i pulled enough for a cup out (yes i asked!) to try it. What did i learn? I like tea G’s honeybush WAY more than their rooibos – which i dislike as it overpowers their flavours. Also, this is quite similar to walter bishop (old) but not quite there. the strawberry is a little artificial like, though in fairness i think i brewed this accidentally for about 15mins. A shorter steep would like have resulted in a creamier, less artificial strawberry taste. All that aside, i like this one more than others seem to have. :) I’d be inclined to pick some up again for myself in future, provided i get my cupboard under control heh

Final Count: 143

Fjellrev

Those jerks should already allow for 50g portions online then. Grr.

Terri HarpLady

Seems like the dog was with you guys for a long time?

Sil

2.5 weeks of rental dog.

OMGsrsly

I really like this one! Glad to share. :P

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drank Buttery Rum by Tealish
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HOLY this smells RUM-EY. Another one from omgsrsly. this one is a fail for me though. Something about the taste reminds me of amaretto and dirt. blech. not a fan, but super grateful for the taste since it’s something i likely would have picked up myself heh.

kristinalee

I just started following you, and wow… Do you normally drink like 10 teas per day? You have reviewed a LOT of tea today.

Sil

hahaha i was just thinking, i was being a bit slacktactular with my tea drinking today. In all fairness, no, Mon-Fri it’s generalyl 3-4 teas but on the weekend if i’m house bound and not running errands and such, then yes i drink a lot :)

Sil

and it’s only been 7 so far! haha. Also the holidays are atypical for me since i can work from home – monday i’ll be back to my usual grind

kristinalee

LOL, that makes sense.

OMGsrsly

LOL. It’s good as an eggnog latte??

Evol Ving Ness

DT Butter Rum is excellent as an eggnog latte, so this one must be.

But where can one find eggnog in January?

OMGsrsly

Most of my local stores had it on the 31st still. Might need to make your own. :)

tigress_al

I got lucky and snagged 2 bottles on the 30th

tigress_al

Because I need more eggnog lattes ;)

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drank Dulce De Leche by Tealish
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Tea from omgsrsly this one smelled pretty strong when i opened the package but i gave it a whirls anyway. Brewed at 190 for 3 mins, this is a pretty decent cup. it reminds me a little bit of DF and Fauchon’s salted caramel oolongs BUT less buttery because of the roasty oolong it’s got going on. It’s a pretty good cup and if i was looking for an easier substitute or a NON green oolong, this one might do the trick for a caramel oolong in a pinch :)

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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Tea guy tea from dexter Jin Jun Mei.

this version of jin jun mei is….different than verdant’s by a lot. It’s smooth and tastes a little like sweet potato…there’s an almost peppery note here that disappears as it cools. I think i prefer the verdant version, but this is still really neat and enjoyable. Glad i have a little more to drink :)

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drank Jin Jun Mei (2015) by Verdant Tea
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noms. Figured i’d pull this one out of my cupboard since i have a jin jun mei from Dexter to try as well. I like comparing jin jun mei’s since i tend to have weird experiences with them lol. I am a fan of this particular one. It’s got that malty, cocoa, sweet potato taste. yep. I’m a fan of this year’s version of this tea.

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drank Pumpkin Irish Cream by Butiki Teas
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Not sure why i don’t drink this one more often. I think it might be the smell, which is really strong, but when brewed doesn’t translate the same way. So when i brew it, i always rather enjoy it. lol. It hasn’t lost it’s flavouring yet so i should work on finishing this up in the near future. I’m nto sure that i’d call this irish cream, but it is a creamier sort of pumpkin…and with the puerh base, i’m a fan :)

Terri HarpLady

I missed out on this one

Sil

do you want me to add some to your new box?

Terri HarpLady

Sure! Maybe double wrap it, lol

Sil

i have a couple bags left that are the foil ziploc ones :)

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drank Golden Monkey by Hediard
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Rental dog leaves tonight but i’m organising my cupboard and tea packages to go out anyway. ie. packing up all the tea that friends are getting and THEN i will re-weigh my cupboard to see where i’m starting 2016 at. I still love this one, and i’m ever so glad that NofarS shared it with terri who shared it with me so that i could buy some in Paris this year. While it’s been a while since i swapped with folks – i really do enjoy swapping. I’ll have to think about starting that again in 2016.

Fjellrev

Weighing is a smart idea. Even though my number is a lot lower than last year, I’m sure I still have way more tea weight-wise. Ugh.

Sil

yeah dexter and omgsrsly made me start doing it – since logically it makes a little more sense than number of teas..

OMGsrsly

“Made”. Hmph.

Fjellrev

Haha, well, you are known for holding people at watergun point.

I’ve been meaning to do the whole weighing thing for so long but I’m just so lazy.

Evol Ving Ness

What now, I need to buy a scale now? What kind of a scale are you using? And now are you dealing with packaging in terms of weight?

Sil

haha i have a kitchen scale that i’ll use to see where a tea is at. so 100g team package after i drink some will be less.

Sil

spreadheet just sums the total for me.. should have it updated tomorrow

Evol Ving Ness

wow. My harmless hobby is now turning into expensive science and math and composition projects. Fab.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you for indulging me with all of my questions.

Sil

for me it’s just fun. Fun to track things like how many tasting notes i have, which teas i’ve had the most often and if they’re actually my favourites….how heavy my cupboard is, how many teas i have (especially since that one time it was way out of control at 350+)

Evol Ving Ness

It should be fun. I completely get that.

And 350, omglol.

Sil

350 plus… i was….uh overwhelming to say the least.

Terri HarpLady

I still haven’t got up the nerve to weigh my stash…I’m afraid it will be a rude awaking :)

Terri HarpLady

Are we ready to relaunch our BBBB, dear tea sister?

Sil

maybe wait until you get my box first terri lol

Terri HarpLady

LOL, you should email me your spreadsheet so that when I fill your box(es), I won’t duplicate anything you already have…heheh

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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I neglected to do this Jan 1, so today its here while i drink an unlabelled sample from someone at work.

Final Count of 2015: 148 (goal was 50 hahaha)
2015 I tried 514 new teas, bringing my total up to 2730 teas tried (roughly) since i joined steepster. That’s less than previous years which i think leads me to believe that i might finally be figuring out what i like/want :)

Nicole

Good grief. That’s a lot of teas tasted!

Sil

actual count is higher given that i’ve had teas not logged…but it’s fun to think about.

Evol Ving Ness

Wow. Iron kidneys indeed.

Are you actually drinking cups of these teas? Or sampling and pouring the rest into a nearby potted plant?

Also, are you keeping excel charts of your tea progress? Or how to you keep order on all this information?

Evol Ving Ness

And how do you keep track of all the teas you currently have on hand? So many questions.

Sil

hahahaha
1) i’m always drinking the teas unless they’re just too terrible to drink, then it’s sample and toss – not may teas are jsut not drinkable for me
2) tea count, i just use steepster tea ratings – it’ tracks unique teas i’ve tried it’s not 100% accurate but close enough. Each year i just go back in my notes and find last years total and subtract it from this years for the difference
3) i use steepster cupboard for # of teas and i have a spreadsheet that has all my teas, when i purchased them (so i drink old stuff first); quantity of the tea, whether i’d reorder it etc.

VariaTEA

I think I may restart my spreadsheet again to help restart my love of tea. Maybe if I see how much I have (and how old some of it is), I may be more inclined to drink it. That will be one of my projects when I get home again.

Also, you may have missed your mark a bit but I would blame Paris and all the sneaky tea surprises you got do recently. So, it’s not your fault lol.

Sil

@variatea….total first world problems. i went to paris and poor me didn’t make my sipdown goal as a result lol hope you figure out your tea when you get home – if you need some new things to try to spark your taste buds, feel free to come shop at my place

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you. This will take me a while to mull over.

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So no real clue what to write about myself here. A friend got me into drinking loose tea and it’s something I thoroughly enjoy though I have nowhere near the experience that many folks on the boards seem to have.

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